Four call-ups revert to Patriots’ practice squad following Week 5 against Texans

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Really, the Patriots beating up any team with any quarterback was a sure thing for most of the past two decades. 

New England won 25-22 Sunday, but it's unlikely anyone involved with the Patriots or who roots for them were impressed. New England needed a roughing-the-passer call on third-and-16 late in the fourth quarter to come back and beat the lowly Houston Texans. A field goal in the final minute, after the roughing-the-passer call, provided the winning points. 

The Patriots spent a ton of money in the offseason after a 7-9 season. They're 2-3, and not out of the playoff race by any means, but it's hard to get excited about a team whose two wins are against the Jets and a game-long struggle against the Texans. 

Rookie quarterback Davis Mills made play after play against the Patriots. Mills, a third-round pick, hasn't been good since taking over for the injured Tyrod Taylor. He was bad last week in a 40-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills. And he looked like an all-star carving up Belichick's defense. Belichick's Patriots teams were 22-6 against rookie quarterbacks before Sunday. 

If Belichick can't figure out how to get the Patriots back to a playoff level — and if anyone can figure that out, it's him — people will compare his record with and without Brady. Since 2001, the Patriots were without Brady in 2008 (he missed all but the first quarter of the first game with a knee injury) and 2020, and missed the playoffs both times. This season could be three-for-three. The Patriots made the playoffs in 17 of Brady's 18 full seasons as starter. This season's Patriots offense is getting solid quarterback play from rookie Mac Jones, but very few explosive plays. It's hard to win that way in the NFL. 

It was strange to watch the Patriots defense allow so many plays to Mills and his no-name group of skill-position talent. Mills was 21 of 29 for 311 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 141.6 rating. They hadn't looked bad in close losses like the one last week to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they did look bad on Sunday, even in a win. Even if we view that as an anomaly, this does not look like a vintage Patriots team or anywhere close. 

The good news is the Patriots got a win and there's plenty of time left this season. Belichick has a big challenge on his hands. This Patriots team doesn't look like a playoff team yet, and it'll be hard to get it there. 

Here are the rest of the winners and losers from Week 5 of the NFL season: 

Arizona Cardinals defense: Two hits won the Cardinals a hard-fought game.

One came in the first half. Trey Lance, who the San Francisco 49ers decided didn’t need to be protected in his first start so they ran him the entire game, was blasted on a fourth-and-goal play inches short of the goal line. Then in the fourth quarter, the 49ers ran fullback Kyle Juszczyk on a sneak up the middle on fourth-and-1 and he was stopped cold.

The Cardinals made some other plays, but those are the two that led a 17-10 win. The undefeated Cardinals are able to win games when their offense doesn’t have a big game, too.

Staley’s willingness to go for it on fourth down paid off Sunday. The Los Angeles Chargers won a thrilling 47-42 game over the Cleveland Browns. The Chargers might not have won without Staley going for it on fourth down three times, and the Chargers picking up a first down each time.

The biggest fourth-down decision came with 7:48 left. The Chargers trailed 35-28 and faced fourth-and-8. Most coaches would have kicked a field goal. Staley went for it, Justin Herbert completed a 20-yard pass to Keenan Allen, and the Chargers scored a touchdown on the next play to tie the game.

After years of blowing games, the Chargers are 4-1 and turning things around. Their coach’s faith in them is playing a role.

It's safe to say Brown has worked out, in football terms. 

Brown came on late last season during the Bucs' Super Bowl run, and he is having a big impact this season too. Brown had two first-half touchdowns, including a 61-yarder, to make sure there would be no upset bid by the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The Buccaneers blew out Miami 45-17, with Brady throwing for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns. 

There have been many times this season in which Brown, not Mike Evans or Chris Godwin, looks like Tom Brady's favorite receiver. The Buccaneers' offense is hard to stop when all three are involved. Even Tampa Bay couldn't have anticipated the Brown signing working out this well. 

After the Detroit Lions scored and got the two-point conversion to take a 17-16 lead, which was set up by a shocking Alexander Mattison fumble with Minnesota trying to seal the win, the Vikings had 37 seconds left. Thielen made catches of 21 and 19 yards to set up Joseph's 54-yard attempt. Joseph missed a 37-yarder that would have won a game at Arizona earlier this season, but nailed this one for the 19-17 win. Poor Lions. 

If the Vikings would have lost, they would have been 1-4 coming off blowing a late 10-point lead to the Lions. It wouldn't have been crazy to wonder about Zimmer being fired during the season, or maybe in the 24 hours after the game. He survives for another week to figure out why the Vikings have been so mediocre this season. 

Crosby missed just before the two-minute warning of regulation, missed at the end of regulation and missed again in overtime, but the Green Bay Packers kept giving him chances (mostly because the Bengals missed two field goals of their own in the final minutes of regulation and overtime). Crosby finally hit a 49-yard field goal to get Green Bay a 25-22 win. Imagine his flight home had he missed again. 

Now Crosby and the Packers can laugh about the misses. He's a reliable vet and will be fine. And he didn't cost the Packers a win. 

Derrick Henry: We take Henry for granted. A 130-yard, three-touchdown day doesn't seem like a big deal anymore. 

It was a big deal for a Tennessee Titans team that needed a win after losing to the New York Jets last week. Henry took the team on his back, as he has done so often. The Titans won 37-19 to improve to 3-2. 

While the win isn't going to impress anyone because it came against an Urban Meyer-coached squad, it is important for the Titans, who are still the clear favorite in the AFC South. They'll remain the favorite as long as Henry is still Henry. 

But Gruden is paid to win football games and his team couldn’t do that either.

The Las Vegas Raiders, who have started fast and faded each of the past two seasons under Gruden, appear to be pulling the same stunt again. The Raiders, who started 3-0, lost their second in a row. They were listless in a 20-9 loss to the Chicago Bears. The offense, so explosive through three games, did almost nothing. It was a bad loss to a mediocre Bears team. Too bad questions about the loss aren’t the only ones Gruden needs to answer.

The Giants were down their quarterback, star running back and top three receivers before Sunday’s game was over. They predictably lost to the Dallas Cowboys.

Daniel Jones got knocked out on a big hit on a goal line run. He was ruled out with a concussion. Saquon Barkley hurt his ankle on a fluky play when he got undercut by a defender flying past. Kenny Golladay joined Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton on the sideline when he hurt his knee. The Giants lost 44-20. 

The Giants are 1-4 and it’ll be tough for them to dig out of that unless they start to get some guys healthy soon.

That Denver Broncos 3-0 start: The Broncos looked good with three straight wins to start the season, but there was skepticism involved because their opponents were the Giants, Jaguars and Jets. 

When the schedule got tougher, the Broncos haven't looked so good. 

The Broncos followed up a loss to the Ravens by falling short against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 27-19 loss. A key moment came for the Broncos in the third quarter, when they were down 17-6. They got a penalty for Dre'mont Jones using leverage to push off on a lineman to try to jump over the line. That gave the Steelers a first down and instead of settling for a field goal, they got a touchdown and a 24-6 lead. It's the kind of sloppy mistake the Broncos have made too often the past two games. 

The Broncos did rally and had a chance to tie at the end, but they couldn't get in the end zone from the 3-yard line. Teddy Bridgewater's fourth-down pass was intercepted to seal the loss. A horrible start was too tough to overcome, and all of the momentum from a 3-0 start is gone. 

The strange tale of the WFT defense: The Washington Football Team defense was supposed to be good this season. It has been nowhere close. 

It's rare to see a highly touted defense be among the worst in the league, but WFT struggled again on Sunday in a 33-22 loss to the New Orleans Saints. They gave up a mostly uncontested Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half. Jameis Winston made a few other big plays including a 72-yard touchdown pass to Deonte Harris. 

Washington isn't going to go anywhere if the defense isn't good this season. And through five weeks, it has shown no signs of being good. 

Carolina Panthers: It's hard for a team to look as bad as the Eagles looked for almost three quarters and still win.

The Panthers just couldn't put them away. 

The Eagles, who trailed 15-6 late in the third quarter and had no offense going, came back to beat the Carolina Panthers 21-18. Jalen Hurts made some plays and had a pair of rushing touchdowns. 

It's a bad loss for the Panthers, who are trying to earn some respect and be in the playoff race this season. It looked like they could be a contender after a 3-0 start. A loss to the Cowboys in Week 4 wasn't too bad. But blowing a winnable game in Week 5 was. They will wonder how they lost to the Eagles. 

New York Jets: A winning streak for the Jets was too much to ask. 

The Jets beat the Tennessee Titans last week for their first win of the season. Then, facing a shorthanded and bad Atlanta Falcons team, the Jets got off to a miserable start and a rally fell short in a 27-20 loss at London. The Jets, like most weeks, looked unprepared and sloppy early against a Falcons offense that didn't have top receiver Calvin Ridley. 

It'll be a long season for the Jets. At least they don't have to worry about when their first win might come. 

Patrick Mahomes threw a pair of interceptions on Sunday night in a tough, rainy showing for the Chiefs.

Tom Brady, at 44-years-old, just had one of the best games of his career in Week 5. Scott Pianowski discusses that and more from Sunday.

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Austin Ekeler didn't want to score, but the Browns wouldn't let him go down.

Oliver did not mince words as he slammed AT&T for helping OAN to grow "into the toxic network it is today."

The Red Sox got an all-time lucky break on a strange play in the top of the 13th, then ended it with a homer in the bottom of the inning.

Five games in, Chase is showing the folly in rushing to write a player off.

A Broadway fan, Wilkins has some work to do on his physical acting skills.

Alabama has lost, LSU might be looking for a new coach and college football's power structure appears to be crumbling. It was a fun day of college football mayhem.

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Tom Brady's 61-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown against the Dolphins was yet another example of his greatness.

The House's second-ranking Republican, Rep. Steve Scalise, repeatedly refused to say on Sunday that the 2020 election wasn’t stolen, standing by Donald Trump’s lie that Democrat Joe Biden won the White House because of mass voter fraud. More than 11 months after Americans picked their president and almost nine months since Biden was inaugurated, Scalise was unwilling during a national television interview to acknowledge the legitimacy of the vote, instead sticking to his belief that the election results should not have been certified by Congress.

The United States said on Sunday the first face-to-face meeting between senior U.S. and Taliban officials since the hardline group retook power in Afghanistan was "candid and professional" and that the U.S. side reiterated that the Taliban would be judged on their actions, not just their words. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. delegation at the weekend talks in Doha, Qatar, focused on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals and Afghans, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society. He said the two sides also discussed "the United States’ provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people."

Strong earthquakes struck south of Hawaii's Big Island on Sunday, but no tsunami is expected, according to Honolulu's National Weather Service.

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Houston Texans Injury News: Laremy Tunsil to Attempt to Play Through Torn Thumb Ligament

Battle Red Blog 11 October, 2021 - 04:30pm

After sitting out during the New England game, Laremy Tunsil will attempt to play through the pain.

Texans' Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil has a torn ulnar collateral ligament, per a league source. Will eventually need surgery to repair the damage. At this point, he's going to see if he can play through the injury

Tunsil is going to attempt to play through the injury though. The offseason is what surgery is for. If he is required to miss an extended period of time, it’s either going to mean more Christian, or an entire reshuffling of the offensive line. Houston is already without starting offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, who has been replaced by Charlie Heck. They may have to come up with something more drastic, like move Tytus Howard to left tackle, if Tunsil misses games because of this injury.

That was the only injury Houston had this week. They are set to play the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday at 12 p.m.

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